Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Red Velvet, Cream and Strawberry Parfaits

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Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!! I hope your day is filled with loads of happiness and extra sweet. This is actually a round 2 recipe.  I made these delicious parfaits with leftover ingredients from my Red Velvet and Strawberry Short-Cupcakes.  You can make these individual parfaits and it's a perfect size sweet ending to any meal. To make the parfaits I baked a regular sheet cake and cut it into pieces. The cream cheese marshmallow filling compliments the red velvet cake perfectly and the strawberries are the hidden jewels that just give the perfect amount of tartness.  Of course you can make one large trifle with these same ingredients if you prefer. I hope you share a sweet holiday today with you loved ones and don't forget to keep the Valentine's mood alive the rest of the 364 days of the year!! :)


Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite red velvet cake mix or substitute a scratch red velvet cake recipe (see note)
2 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese
1 (7 1/2oz) jar of marshmallow fluff
1 tub of cool whip
1 pint of strawberries

Notes:  I decided to use a box cake mix because it was easy and convenient.  I don't like the really dark almost "black" color the box cake mix comes out so I actually baked a box of red velvet cake with a box of yellow cake mix.  It gave me a more of a Valentine's "red" color and not so much a "black" one. If you do not have access to prepared cake mix you can substitute Paula Deen's Recipe for Red Velvet Cake

 Directions: 

Bake your cake as directed.  I actually use Paula Deen's advice when it comes to baking from a box cake mix to make it richer: 
1. Add an extra egg to to the box cake mix (for example if the box calls for 3 eggs, use 4)  
2. Add butter in place of the vegetable oil  that is called for on the cake box.
3.  Add milk in place of the water that is called for on the cake box.

To prepare your cream cheese whipped topping: Bring the bricks of cream cheese to room temperature.  Then take an electric mixer and whip the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.  Next add your marshmallow fluff to the cream cheese and mix well.  Finally fold in the cool whip topping until it forms a nice fluffy topping.
Note:  The marshmallow fluff is very sweet and was enough sugar for my whipped topping.  If you desire more sweetness just add some sugar when you are whipping the ingredients together (remember the whip topping will add sweetness too).



Here is a tip help fill your parfait glasses with the cream filling neatly:  Put your cream filling mixture into a pastry bag or a zip-loc bag. Push all the cream filling to one corner and snip off a small corner off the bag so you pipe directly into the glass without getting it all over the sides. .

Layering Directions: Layer the red velvet cake at the bottom, top with the cream filling and strawberries then repeat. Finish off with the cream and strawberries.  Chill and Serve. Enjoy!




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29 comments:

  1. Wow the dessert looks fabulous! Perfect treat for Val Day :-)

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  2. Awww, these are so sweet and colorful. Another great v-day treat! I hope you have a wonderful one with your family.

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  3. I think I like these parfaits better than the shortcakes! So pretty!

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  4. WOW..I love this..Thanks for posting it Dear..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  5. Very pretty! Again, your whipped frosting looks great. I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Yes please! I love the red in this. So very red! I am sure those little parfaits are amazingly good too! Bravo!

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  7. You are so talented at presentation... something I am really lacking, but learning slowly. This looks beautiful and I think I am going to make something similar for my man tonight. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  8. wow..its so tempting. Really pretty & gorgeous! You can share with my ongoing-''Valentine's Day Event''(till Feb 20th)

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  9. Happy Valentine's day.. look gorgeous..

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  10. These are super cute, and I love they are just little portions! Great use of leftovers too; I always seem to have just a couple leftovers of things.

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  11. These pics are amazing, Ramona! I love this dessert - easy yet festive! Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

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  12. Wow, now that's delicious looking! Very festive :)

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  13. These are gorgeous! I love that bright red, it's a great dessert for Valentine's Day, but really any day :) I love the idea of red velvet in a parfait! Beautifully done Ramona, hope you have a lovely week!

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  14. What a perfect dessert for Valentine's day! Looks yummy!!!

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  15. Oh YUM! I'm envious of the valentine getting this tonight! Looks wonderful!

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  16. Happy Valentine's Day Ramona! These are the cutest little dessert cups. They look delicious!

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  17. this looks wonderful lovely colourful desserts and presentation

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  18. its like u read my mind right out n posted it here ;-) I was thinking of the exact same dessert recipe (except the red velevet cake part) for my V day dinner, which I'm postponing for saturday, as both of us r working n theres hardly anytime after v get back home...

    Thanks a lot for the award dear...

    hope u had a Happy V day...

    Regards,
    Manju

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  19. fabulous treat for valentine.....yummy dessert

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  20. Red velvet is the one cake I have come to appreciate in this country, and these look DIVINE.

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  21. What beautiful parfaits, Ramona! The red velvet just makes these pop and screams Valentine's Day deliciousness.

    PS..you are right! Meatloaf is just one big meatball. No wonder I'm a fan :)

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  22. Oh my gosh this is one impressive parfait. Beautiful. Happy belated Valentine's Day. I bet this was delicious.

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  23. Wow, Wow, Wow! This is beautiful and you know I'm thinking this would be great on a dessert table. Love those glasses, would like to have a couple dozen of them.

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  24. Those are SO pretty, Ramona! A perfect Valentine's Day treat.

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  25. This looks like the perfect treat for any day of the year =)

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  26. Very charming presentation for those beautiful cupcakes!

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  27. how far ahead can these be made. can they be frozen??

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    1. You can make the cake ahead and freeze it. But the cream and strawberries must be assembled fresh for best results.

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